Mumbai [India], February 19, 2024: Actor Riteish Deshmukh is set to direct a film about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's life. He will also play the title role.
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Riteish expressed his excitement about directing the film 'Raja Shivaji' in a statement, saying, "In the annals of history, there comes a figure who transcends mere earthly existence--a legend, an emblem, an eternal flame of inspiration. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is more than a historical character; he is an emotion, a timeless story of courage, and a beacon of hope that has ignited hearts for almost three and a half centuries."
He continued, "Our ultimate desire has always been to immortalize his awe-inspiring journey on the grand canvas of cinema--a voyage of epic proportions, chronicling the ascent of a youngster who defied the unbeatable, kindling the flames of Swarajya. A renegade whose daring knew no bounds, he didn't only govern territory, he conquered hearts, earning the affectionate title of 'Raja Shivaji'. "
The musical composition will be crafted by the brilliant team Ajay-Atul.
"Even after decades, there is only one king on this Earth, whose presence stays forever alive in our hearts, breath, and blood. We are excited as the story of his valor, the thrill of his prowess is poised to echo globally through this film venture," Ajay-Atul added.
Speaking about the project, Genelia stated, "Bringing the epic life of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on celluloid has been our long-standing ambition. We engage on a noble journey, not merely to produce a film, but to weave a narrative thread that enriches the tapestry of our culture and history. 'Raja Shivaji' is our biggest goal and we couldn't have found a greater partner than Jyoti Deshpande and Jio Studios, who have a record of executing the unthinkable. It's not just a big honor but an immense responsibility, and we seek your good wishes as we pursue our calling."
Presented by Jio Studios, made under the umbrella of Mumbai Film Company, 'Raja Shivaji' is directed by Riteish Deshmukh and produced by Jyoti Deshpande and Genelia Deshmukh.
The film will be co-produced by co-produced by Genelia Deshmukh.